By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
COLUMBUS, Ohio – An explosive second quarter by the Capital University women's basketball team plus standout performances by Elle Folan and Annika Wachtman helped the Crusaders defeat John Carroll University, 64-50, on Saturday afternoon. The win pushed Capital back over the .500 mark overall and leveled its Ohio Athletic Conference record to 3-3 on the season.
After a first quarter that featured just 20 combined points and a 12-8 John Carroll lead, Capital scored 22 points and held the Blue Streaks to just eight. The Crusaders' elevated play helped turn the tide in the contest, though Capital held a plus-four scoring margin through the third and fourth quarters.
Down 16-12, senior guard Annika Wachtman (Upper Arlington, Ohio/Upper Arlington) kicked off an eight-point run before JCU broke its scoreless drought with a pair of free throws. After John Carroll's field goal by Nicole Heffington at the 5:28 mark, the Crusaders held the opposition without a field goal for the duration of the second quarter and induced six Blue Streak turnovers. Cap held the Blue Streaks to just 1-of-9 (.111) shooting while they hit 10-of-14 (.714). Sophomore Regan Stonerock (Circleville, Ohio/Westfall) went a perfect 3-for-3 shooting just that run, while Wachtman went 3-for-4 and scored seven of her 16 points in the second. Capital's lead ballooned to 10 points, 30-20, at the end of the half.
John Carroll (3-10, 0-5 OAC) would not go away as twice in the third quarter they made it a two-possession game, but each time the Blue Streaks came close the Crusaders pulled away with another mini-run to reclaim a double-digit lead. John Carroll actually outscored Capital, 15-13, in the period but CU came back to drop 21 more points in the fourth quarter to seal its victory. With help from eight fourth-quarter points by freshman Elle Folan (Cincinnati, Ohio/Ursuline) the Crusaders held on to its large advantage and rolled to a 14-point victory at The Capital Center Performance Arena.
Folan led all scorers with 18 points on 6-of-8 (.750) shooting, including a 4-for-5 (.800) day behind the arc. She has now hit four 3-point field goals and scored 14 or more points in her last three games played.
Wachtman scored a season-high 16 points on 7-of-12 shooting, marking season highs in both field goals made and attempted. She also added three steals and five rebounds in 29 minutes played.
Junior Erin Risner (Canfield, Ohio/Canfield) joined her teammates in double-digits with 10 points, and shared the team lead in rebounds (8) with Stonerock. Risner has now scored 10 or more points in four straight games, and eight times this year.
The win also draws Head Coach Dixie Jeffers to within one victory of 700 career wins.
Jeffers and Crusaders (7-6, 3-3 OAC) will go for their third-straight win of the season on the road against Heidelberg University this Wednesday, Jan. 10. The Student Princes and Crusaders will meet up in Tiffin for a 7:30 p.m. tipoff.